No one plans to get sick or hurt, but everyone needs medical care at some point. Health insurance helps cover these costs and protects you from the high medical bills you might face if you have to see a specialist, have surgery or spend a few days in the hospital.
Most people must have health coverage in 2016 or pay a penalty. Those who don’t have coverage will pay an individual responsibility payment of either 2.5 percent of their income or $695 per adult ($347.50 per child) – whichever is higher – to the Internal Revenue Service. This penalty will increase every year.
Health Insurance Marketplace is a new way to find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs. When you fill out the Marketplace application, you’ll know if you qualify for private health insurance, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP. Health insurance plans available through the Marketplace and elsewhere provide free preventive care, including vaccines, screenings and check-ups. They also cover some costs for the drugs your doctor prescribes.
Wellmont Health System can help you understand your options. Our team of certified health insurance navigators can guide you through the Marketplace and help you find the health insurance plan that best fits your needs.
Marketplace open enrollment ends Jan. 31, 2016. If you enroll by Dec. 15, 2015, coverage will begin Jan. 1.
There are some life events that can qualify you for a special enrollment period, such as:
You don’t have to figure this out on your own. We want to help you understand your health insurance options. Your Wellmont Health System certified health insurance navigators stand ready to help.
Please call 1-877-421-0304 or email us at
GetCovered@wellmont.org with any questions or to schedule an appointment.
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